Nacogdoches, Texas


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

9 Votes - "Friendliest"
2 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
1 Votes - "Most Patriotic"


The oldest town in Texas lives by the mantra “Keep Nacogdoches Friendly,” with businesses embracing hospitality training to become Texas Certified Friendly even. The community is so small the mayor is also the local dentist, and everyone’s approachable.

Visitors can explore Millard’s Crossing historic village, Lake Nacogdoches, or Lanana Creek Trail. Most notably, Nacogdoches is home to Stephen F. Austin State University and serves as a warm welcome for students away from home.

Local favorites include the Saturday farmer’s market and The Blueberry Place, where you can pick your own blueberries right off the vine and leave payment in a basket on the honor system. Visitors are encouraged to experience historic local bed and breakfasts, stroll the nature trails, and browse antiques while in town.

La-affable little town filled with genuinely rural country is so0o quaint....or it ain't like a big city with lots of people.....every church has it's steeple. In Nacagodoches the friendly folks will talk about you and tell all sorts of tales among themselves as to who they might suppose you to really be....and with that you shall exist forever. The lil' city is filled with highly indulged progeny of very prominent professionals who've rested the reigns of the city from their elders....many can be regularly seen among the notably paunchy patrons of the historic Fredonia Hotel. Here is a city where you can still get a tradtional shoe shine for your boots, and then sit with your feet propped up on a chair of end table, and no one will even think twice..."come as you are." and keep your chin up when eating the water melon: "snippy back-biting gossipy deacon men and church women = friendly in Nac"
Reviewed by jessie
on September 17, 2012
I was born and raised here, but moved to the "big city" after college. Every time I return to visit family, I'm impressed by how peaceful the town is and how incredibly cordial and friendly the people are ... even the "newcomers." I miss it sorely when I return back to the Dallas area.
Reviewed by AMann
on September 17, 2012
I am voting for Nacogdoches because it symbolizes the essence of southern charm and hospitality. Every business is as welcoming as the Chamber of Commerce!
Reviewed by lettie
on September 17, 2012
Stephen F. Austin University is here which helps make for a diverse town. Of course, Nacogdoches IS THE Oldest Town in Texas and the town works real hard at keeping the heritage alive here. We retired here 10 years ago from Houston, Texas and have never regretted it.
Reviewed by 1nativetexan
on September 17, 2012
Born and raised in Nacogdoches. A great place to be!
Reviewed by mvandrovec
on September 17, 2012
Showing 61 through 65 of 79 reviews



Add a Photo

You must be logged in to add photos.

Write a Review

Close ×

Vote for

You can only vote once for each town every 24 hours. You can vote again in

Vote for 2013 Best Small Town


Are you a DMO or CVB?
Explore "Best Town Travels" – Rand McNally’s new map-based digital travel guides for your website plus an iPhone and Facebook app! Learn More


Thank you for Voting!

Promote , by sharing your vote or writing a review.

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter or Write a Review